Sony announces new midrange Xperia R1 Plus, Xperia R1 in India

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Sony, once an active player in this segment, has launched two new smartphones to gain some traction in the market.

Specifications Both the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus share nearly identical specs and differ only in terms of storage. Both the Sony Xperia R1 & Xperia R1 Plus comes with the similar design. The smartphones will be available starting November 10. While the Xperia R1 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 12,990 the Xperia R1 Plus will cost buyers Rs 14,990. The battery on both is a 2620mAh battery. Sony Xperia R1 packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage and R1 Plus will come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Sony says the phones will be manufactured in India. The devices are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor.

They both run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, and Sony even promised Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade very soon. There's an 8MP front camera with 76-degree wide angle. In terms of connectivity, the phones offer GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi and USB Type-C connectivity.

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The devices measure 146 × 73.2 × 8.89 mm and weighs 154 grams. The Xperia XZ1 comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The Sony Xperia R1, R1 Plus feature a 5.2-inch HD TFT display. In fact well before the Xperia R1 and the Xperia R1 Plus happened it seemed Sony had stopped churning out mainstream handsets.

In the camera department, the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus include a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and an 8MP wide-angle front camera for selfies and video calls. This improves data transmission, by compressing all uplink traffic so that the same information can be uploaded with fewer bits from the phone to the tower. This is a dual SIM smartphone, and there's a dedicated slot for microSD card.

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